Texas Independence Day Dinner At The Bob Bullock State History Gives Honors
By Rob Giardinelli
Photography by Jim Debth
THE SCENE: The Bob Bullock Museum in Austin recently hosted its thirteenth annual Texas Independence Day Dinner. The 500 business, political and social VIPs were treated to an evening that honored two living legends who have contributed to the indomitable Texas spirit – University of Texas Alum and Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell and Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan.
THE VIBE: The evening began in the soaring foyer of the Bob Bullock State History Museum, where the Tyler Junior College Apache Belles greeted guests as they walked the red carpet. After ascending the grand atrium stairs, the VIPs enjoyed a cocktail hour where sports enthusiasts mingled with Sociables, politicos and, of course, the two guests of honor. The greatness of the honorees and the history of Texas were strongly felt, along with excitement for the great time that was ahead for the evening.
The festivities continued downstairs in the main atrium with a delicious multi-course dinner and program, which included a video tribute from former President George W. Bush. Other touching tributes were delivered by those in attendance, including University of Texas Athletic Director Mike Perrin who highlighted the many achievements of Earl Campbell, and Houston Astros President Reid Ryan who delivered a heartfelt speech highlighting the achievements of his father, Nolan Ryan.
THE CAUSE: The event, chaired by Margaret Perkins with Jan Bullock serving as honorary chair raised $650,000 for The Texas State History Museum Foundation to support the Bullock Texas State History Museum’s many initiatives including exhibitions, infrastructure and educational and public programs. Since opening in 2001, over 7.5 million people have passed through the Bullock’s doors to learn more about the incredible history of the great state of Texas.